You’ve decided to move to Hawaii, and when you start thinking about it, realize you’ll need to bring your pet with you. Now what? Where do you begin? For starters, it is important to know what animals are allowed in Hawaii, what animals are prohibited, and what the rules are for bringing them, so you can make the process as easy and stress-free as possible for both you and your pet. By law, all pets coming into Hawaii must meet the requirements for the pet quarantine program.
As of August 31, 2018, pet owners have 3 options for bringing a pet to Hawaii:
1. Direct Airport Release
2. 5 Day-or-Less Program
3. Full 120-Day (4 Month) Quarantine
Note: Any pet qualified for the 5 Day program is qualified for Direct Airport Release.
Why the strict rules? Hawaii is the only state in the nation that is rabies-free – and we want to keep it that way. Introducing rabies to our state and its fragile ecosystem would change the State of Hawaii as we know it. Please understand that these rules and requirements are for the protection of our beautiful islands, and the animals and people that reside here.
Loving the Hawaii Life!
Below is the table of contents for the Moving Your Pet to Hawaii Guide:
- Step 1: Rabies Vaccinations
- Step 2: Working Microchip
- Step 3: OIE-FAVN Rabies Blood Test
- Step 4: Waiting Period
- Step 5: Documents
- Step 6: Submission of Documents
- Step 7: Pet Pick-Up
- How much does it cost to move pets to Hawaii?
- Is there an age requirement for pets moving to Hawaii?
- Are there any pets that shouldn’t be transported to Hawaii?
- What is the best way to transport pets to Hawaii?
- Where do pets fly in the aircraft?
- What is Direct Airport Release and the 5 Day-or-Less Program, and what’s the difference between them?
- Can my pets be housed together for the 5 Day-or-Less Program?
- Where is the Airport Animal Quarantine Holding Facility on Oahu?
- What are the airline requirements for pet kennels?
- What are the requirements for moving other animals to Hawaii, like rabbits, birds, horses, etc.?
- Do any companies offer to help with the Hawaii pet relocation process?
- Before You Book Your Flight
- Preparing for the Flight
- Checking In
- On the Plane
- After the Flight – Picking Up Your Pet
Special Exemptions for Hawaii Pet Quarantine
1. Animals from specific rabies-free countries (dogs and cats from New Zealand, Australia, Guam, and the British Isles) that are on a direct flight to Hawaii do not require an import permit number, which means they do not need to complete the standard requirements.
Be sure to review the checklist for importing these animals before booking your flight to Hawaii. If you are moving to Hawaii from one of these countries and they require an import permit number in order to export your pet, please contact the Animal Quarantine Station at (808) 483-7151, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Service and guide dogs have modified quarantine requirements for entering the State of Hawaii, so if this applies to you, be sure to inquire before arrival. Service and guide dogs typically get to fly for free, so make sure you ask, and if applicable, don’t get charged by your airline. It’s also important to note than on January 1, 2019, a new Hawaii law went into effect that makes it illegal to knowingly misrepresent an animal as a service animal. Violators may be subject to civil penalties.
After the Move
Whether you’re playing fetch with your dog on a sandy beach, or simply buying your cat some new toys at the local pet store, owning a pet is a great way to meet new people when you’re in Hawaii. There are plenty of pet-friendly places to visit and plenty of tropical areas to explore.
Ready for the adventure of a lifetime?
When all is said and done, when your whole family is back together again, and moving your pet to Hawaii is just a memory, you’ll see why it was all worth it; you’ll be ready to enjoy your new Hawaii Life.
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